Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

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Something for everyone!

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Starting Your Own Transplants
Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Growing your own transplants from seed indoors can be rewarding. A number of annual flower and vegetable plants can be started indoors. Perhaps the greatest advantage of growing your own transplants is that you can grow varieties not available from local garden centers and greenhouses. Transplants of the new hybrid disease resistant vegetable flower varieties as well as many of the heirloom varieties may be hard to find and somewhat expensive.

Come join Master Gardener, Roger VanNostrand who will be sharing his experiences at starting seeds under lights in his basement. Learn when and how best to start your seeds, maintain, and transplant your seedlings and grow vigorous healthy plants. Some sample seeds of resistant vegetable varieties will be available for you to try. Plan to join fellow gardeners for Roger’s presentation.

Fee: $10.00/family.
To Register: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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Making Kimchi, A Spicy Korean Sauerkraut
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 am - Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Kimchi is a Korean, fermented sauerkraut made from cabbage, radish or other ingredients. It can be spicy and garlicky or mild and fruity. Kimchi is made by a process called lacto-fermentation whereby natural bacteria in the food along with the addition of salt, creates a fermented or pickled product. Think of sauerkraut or pickles that are fermented in crocks for weeks rather than making them with vinegar. Lacto-fermented foods are easy to make and provide our bodies with a wealth of good bacteria, vitamins and enzymes. Join Hope Galens, Ontario County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Local Food Educator and Maria Raczka, Fermented-Foods Enthusiast in a class to learn all about lacto-fermentation. We will demonstrate how to make 2 types of kimchi: a vegetable kimchi and a fruit kimchi. Participants will taste these 2 versions and will also leave with some kimchi to ferment at home.

Fee: $15.00/person
Pre-Registration requested by Thursday, February 26, 2015.
Contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Summer Flowering Bulbs
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Summer-flowering bulbs can provide bright, bold colors in the garden. Some, like dahlias and tuberous begonias, bloom continuously until frost. Others, such as gladioli, have shorter blooming seasons, but successive plantings can provide blooms over an extended period. Except for lilies, most summer-flowering bulbs are not winter hardy here and must be taken up in the fall to survive.

Master Gardener Ken Harbison will discuss the culture of a number of bulbs. Topics include starting indoors for earlier bloom, planting, propagating, insect and disease control, pruning, taking up in the fall, and winter storage.

Fee: $10.00/family
To Register: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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Pruning Workshop
Friday, March 6, 2015
9:00 am – Noon
Finger Lakes Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard
Anthony Road Wine Company
1020 Anthony Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Are you interested in learning how to prune grape vines? Then you won't want to miss the Finger Lakes Grape Program's pruning class and hands-on demonstration. There will be a brief indoor session with plenty of time to get familiarized with proper techniques and ask any questions you may have. Then participants will go outside and all attendees will have the opportunity to prune vines on three different training systems. The instructor will be Mike Colizzi, Viticulture Community Educator with the Finger Lakes Grape Program. Please remember to dress for the weather and bring your own pruning sheers.

Fee: $25.00/person
Pre-registration is required. Call Yates County Cooperative Extension at 315-536-5134 or Register on-line

Beginning Hops Class

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Beginning Hops Class
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Back in the 1880’s, New York was the leader in hops production, producing over 90% of the hops in the United States. As a result of two devastating diseases, downy and powdery mildew, the production of hops declined. In 1920 prohibition provided the final blow to the production of hops in New York and the industry was wiped out.

The recent passing of the New York State Farm Brewery Legislation has kick started this once booming industry back to life. Farm breweries are popping up left and right and so are the number of hop growers within the state. With this new revolution comes many questions from folks interested in growing hops. To help address these questions, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is offering a regional Beginning Hops Class.

The program presenters include:
Steve Miller, Cornell Cooperative Extension Hops Specialist addressing “What you need to know in growing hops.
Rick Pedersen, one of the most experienced hops growers in New York State, speaking on the evolution of his operation, where he started and where he is today.
Chris and Brian , Climbing Bines, will address, what brewers are looking for when purchasing hops.

Fee: $25.00/person which includes lunch.
Registration: contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County, 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

Growing Tomatoes with Greater Success

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Growing Tomatoes with Greater Success
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Numerous home gardeners over the past few years have had difficulty in growing tomatoes and getting a respectable yield. The frustration and disappointment for some has caused them to no longer grow tomatoes. Growing tomatoes in todays environment requires different cultural practices than those used in the past.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticultural Educator, Russell Welser will discuss the common insect and diseases along with the cultural practices you need to know to have a bountiful tomato crop.

Fee: $10.00/family
Registration: contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County, 585-394-3977 x 427or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

CSA Fair and Film

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CSA Fair and Film
Saturday, March 21, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

If you are looking to eat the freshest produce, support local agriculture and join in the locavore movement, a CSA might be just for you! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a popular way for consumers to buy fresh, local, seasonal products (ex. vegetables, fruit, meat, herbs, eggs, bread, etc.) directly from local farms. Members purchase shares of the harvest which can vary in contents, size, cost, the number of weeks they are available and where they are picked up. You can learn all about it at a free CSA Fair hosted by CCE-Ontario County.

The screening of the documentary film "Dirty Work: The Story of Elsie’s Farm" will be shown from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. The film documents a year in the life of an organic farm and CSA run by a couple whose dream is to take an old farm, invest it with new ideas and grow a community. Jarret Winum of Maplestone Farm CSA will be on hand to answer questions from the audience and add his own personal account of his CSA in Stanley.

From 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, 7 farms will be set up to showcase their CSAs, answer questions, and take sign-ups.

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Ontario Local Food Educator, Hope Galens will be preparing dishes for participants to sample using ingredients sourced by these farms.

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and to meet some of the amazing farmers we have here in Ontario County!
For more information, please contact Hope Galens at 585-394-3977 x 408 or email Hope

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